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Images released of axe robbers in South Yorkshire

CCTV images have been released of two men armed with an axe who robbed a supermarket on High Street in Bawtry, near Doncaster.

CCTV picture released of the robbers Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Officers believe that the men threatened two members of staff, before leaving with cash from the till.

The men are described as white, around 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build. The first man pictured was wearing a blue puffa jacket with a hood, jeans and trainers.

The second man pictured was wearing a black hooded coat.

Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the men to contact them.

Have you seen missing Matthew?

Police are appealing for help in finding a missing man from Doncaster.

25-year-old Matthew Holt was last seen in the Wheatley area of Doncaster, between 5pm and 6pm yesterday.

He is described as 5ft 10ins tall, of thin build with dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing black tracksuit bottoms with a dark hooded jumper and black and white trainers.

Officers would like to appeal for him, or anyone who has seen him, to come forward.


Man charged over sheep attack in Doncaster

A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the attack and injury of sheep in Doncaster last year.

Daniel Lakin, of Beresford Road, Rotherham, appeared before the town's magistrates’ court on Friday January 16, 2015. He pleaded guilty to criminal damage, animal cruelty and an offence of having a dog dangerously out of control.

Police were called to a farm last August in Limekiln Lane, Stainton, following reports from a farmer that his sheep had been injured.

Two sheep, belonging to a 57-year-old man, were found to have bite injuries, which are believed to have been caused by another animal.

One of the sheep had to be put down.

Medical first for brave Ben

Ben Parkinson, the Army's most injured survivor of the Afghan war, will today become the first British soldier to undergo a new treatment on his injuries.

Ben Parkinson Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The former paratrooper from Doncaster, starts a month long course of high-pressure oxygen therapy in Scotland to help treat his brain injuries and improve his speech and memory.


Doncaster Council shortlisted in LGC awards

Doncaster Council has been shortlisted for the 'Most Improved Council' category in the Local Government Chronicle Awards. It's the only council in Yorkshire to have reached the shortlist in this category.

This is fantastic news and truly well deserved. People in Doncaster have a right to good governance and well-run local services; sadly this has been lacking in the past. In the last two years we have developed a new strategic direction, sound financial planning and an absolute focus on bringing further jobs and growth to the borough. We are out of government intervention one year early which we believe further strengthens our case to be labelled as most improved council. This is a far cry from 2010 when we were considered the ‘worst council in Britain’.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster

Two prisoners abscond from HMP Hatfield

South Yorkshire police are searching for two prisoners who absconded from Hatfield prison.

Absconder James O'Driscoll Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Officers are appealing for information to locate 44-year-old James O’Driscoll and Kurt Taylor, who absconded from HMP Hatfield yesterday.

O'Driscoll was last seen between 4.45pm and 5pm on Thursday 8 January. At around 8.15pm, he was found to be missing and police were called.

He is described as being around 6ft 2ins tall, with brown eyes and brown hair, of slim build. He is known to wear glasses and has the following tattoos on his right arm – an England flag and a red rose saying ‘mum and dad’ – as well as the following tattoos on his left arm – a Viking and a tattoo that says ‘Mam’.

O'Driscoll was sentenced in 2010 for an offence of arson with intent to endanger life and possession of a blade in a public place.

Kurt Taylor Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Taylor was last seen between 4.45pm and 5pm on Thursday 8 January. He was found to be missing at around 8.15pm and police were called.

He is described as being around 5ft 8ins tall, with green eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo with the letters ‘BHE’ on his right arm.

He is known to have connections to the Humberside region.

He is currently serving a sentence for an offence of assault with intent to commit robbery and aggravated vehicle taking.

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